Grant aid is a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Typically, grants are awarded to students that demonstrate financial need. At FLHCON, grantsare provided from the federal and state governments.
Federal Eligibility Requirements:
- Must have a valid FAFSA on file and a Pell-eligible EFC
- Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Accepted as a regular student working toward a first bachelor’s degree
- Maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree per the policies of the college
- Cannot be in default on any other federal loan
- Cannot owe a refund on a federal student grant or loan
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need, as defined by the FAFSA. Both full-time and part-time students can receive a Pell grant, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. The maximum annual award is determined by the Department of Education each academic year. A student’s annual award is based on the Expected Family Contribution, the Cost of Attendance at the school, and the Students enrollment status.
Federal SEOG Grants
The Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a campus-based, federal grant program that does not need to be repaid. Campus-based programs are managed by individual schools and have limited funding which makes it important that students file their FAFSA by June 1st each year. The financial aid office determines the maximum annual award based on its allocation of funds from the Department of Education. Priority is given to those students with “exceptional need” (those with the lowest expected family contributions, [ 0 EFCs], at the institution) and those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients.
For more federal grant and scholarship programs, visit www.studentaid.gov
New York State Grants
NYS Eligibility Requirements:
- Must have a valid TAP application on file with the Higher Education services Corporation (HESC)
- FLHCON must be listed on the application. Our school code is 0847 or we are listed as Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences
- Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen and a resident of New York State
- Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
- Study full-time undergraduate (at least 12 credits per semester), be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative “C” average (2.0)
- Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
- Not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards
- Meet income requirements as determined by HESC.
NYS Tuition Assistance (TAP)
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
Students may receive up to 6 semesters of TAP at the Associate Degree level.
NYS Part-Time TAP
Part-time undergraduate students who were first-time freshman in academic year 2006-07 or thereafter, may be eligible for Part-time TAP to help pay for college. Students who have attended college and/or received TAP prior to academic year 2006-07 are ineligible.
In addition to the general eligibility criteria that apply to all State award programs, certain requirements are specific to the Part-time TAP program. To be eligible, students must:
- Be matriculated and enrolled in an approved undergraduate program
- Be enrolled for at least 6 but fewer than 12 semester hour credits or the equivalent
- Have earned 12 credits in each of two consecutive prior semesters (credits from New York State not-for-profit institutions only); a full-time summer term can be used to meet the prior study requirement
- Maintain a C average and meet good academic standing requirements
- Meet income eligibility limitations (income limits are the same as for TAP)
A student must meet the 24-semester credit prior study requirement only once to be eligible for Part-time TAP. A Part-time TAP award is calculated using the student’s actual part-time tuition charge and the number of credits taken.
NYS Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)program is a grant program financed by New York State in conjunction with participating educational institutional throughout the state. Funds by individual schools and limited funding is available which makes it important that students file their FAFSA by June 1st each year. The financial aid office determines the maximum annual award based on its allocation of funds from New York State. To be considered for APTS funds, student must complete the APTS application (available on the forms page).
In addition to the basic NYS eligibility requirements, recipients of APTS must also:
- Be enrolled as a part-time and matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative “C” average (2.0) after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of state-sponsored student financial aid.
- Be charged at least $100 tuition per year.
- Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility (see above).
- Not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards.
- Meet income requirements: Income means the taxable income as taken from the New York Stae income tax return plus any state, local or federal pension and annuity income, if applicable.
|Student Type||NYS Taxable Income Limit|
|If you were claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, family income (i.e. taxable income of student and parents) cannot exceed:||$50,550|
|If you were not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, income (i.e., income of student and/or spouse, if married as of December 31), cannot exceed:||$34,250|
|If you were not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by our parents but you were eligible to claim dependents of your own other than yourself and/or your spouse, income (i.e, taxable income of student and spouse) cannot exceed:||$50,550|
Other NYS Grants
New York State offers a variety of other grants and scholarships administered through HESC. Be advised that some may require additional applications or require a service obligation.
|Vietnam Veteran||Provides financial assistance to help Vietnam Veterans studying on either a full-time or part-time basis meet tuition charges.|
|Flight 587 Memorial Scholarship||For the families and financial dependents of victims of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001.|
|Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship||Provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009.|
|NYS Achievement & Investment in Merit (AIMS) Scholarship||Provides high school graduates who excel academically with $500 in merit-based scholarships to support their cost of attendance at any college or university located in New York State.|
For more information on NYS Grants and Scholarships visit HESC’s Website www.hesc.ny.gov
FLHCON is committed to assisting veterans in taking advantage of their educational benefits and providing them and their families with opportunities for educational and career growth. If you believe you are eligible for Veterans Benefits, you will need to apply for benefits through the Veterans Administration andsubmit a copy of your DD-214 to the Financial Aid Office.
Students receiving benefits must have their enrollment certified by FLHCON for every semester in which they are trying to use benefits. Therefore, it is very important student-veterans work closely with the VA Certifying Official.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has resources to help veterans learn about the federal benefits to which they are entitled. Please read an overview of Education and Training Programs provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Outside Scholarships & Funding
Workforce New York
Workforce New York is a training grant that can cover the costs of education or training for individuals who need to update their skills to find a job or advance in their career. Commonly known as Rochester or Finger Lakes Works, the workforce training grant comes from federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) appropriations. The grant can cover training costs at many area colleges, universities, vocational schools, and proprietary training institutions. Monroe County residents should contact RochesterWorks! at (585) 258-3516 or visit www.rochesterworks.org.
Finger Lakes residents (Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates Counties) should contact the Finger Lakes Works Career Center at (315) 781-2289 or visit www.fingerlakesworks.com.
HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship
The Health Resources and Services Administration offers a scholarship program for students accepted or enrolled in diploma, associate or baccalaureate nursing programs. The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program covers tuition, fees and other education costs in addition to providing a living stipend. Applications for the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program are accepted once each year, usually during the spring. For more information visit www.hrsa.gov
Scholarships are funds you may receive from outside sources, including, but not limited to, private scholarships offered to you from your church or community, benefits you have earned, or your parents have earned, through military service, employer tuition reimbursements or awards and scholarships from your state. Generally, scholarships do not have to be repaid, however, under certain circumstances; they may require you to agree to a period of service after graduation, among other service obligations. We encourage you to pursue these sources of assistance actively. Potential sources for information are listed below.
- NY Nursing Scholarships & Grants
- ATHENA ACE Scholarship
- Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
- “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
- “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
- “We’ll do all the work.”
- “This scholarship will cost some money.”
- “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
Odds of Winning a Scholarship
Only about 1 in 8 college students wins a scholarship, and the average amount used to pay for college is about $4,200 a year. Very few students win $25,000 or more in scholarships each year (only about 0.1%). Among the students who win scholarships, 97% win $2,500 or less.
They're the second-largest source of financial aid, covering over 25 percent of students' college costs. Scholarships and grants are a type of gift aid (money that doesn't have to be repaid). They're the second-largest source of financial aid, covering over 25 percent of students' college costs.What is federal seog grant funds? ›
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a grant that is awarded to an undergraduate student who demonstrates exceptional financial need to help pay for their education. Awards can range from $100–$4,000 and do not need to be repaid.How does a federal Pell Grant work? ›
If you're eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you'll receive the full amount you qualify for—each school participating in the program receives enough funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education to pay the Federal Pell Grant amounts for all its eligible students.What is the #1 way to increase your chances for a scholarship? ›
You will increase your chances of winning a scholarship by taking your time to fill out each application thoroughly. Forgo the urge to copy and paste, even if two scholarship essay questions seem identical. Don't skip optional questions either, since they are a wonderful way to share more about yourself and your goals.Can average students win scholarships? ›
While many scholarships award outstanding academic, musical or athletic talent, there are ample scholarship opportunities for average students from every walk of life are available.Who is most likely to get a scholarship? ›
- Grades: Students with a 3.5 to 4.0 unweighted GPA are twice as likely to win a private scholarship as students with less than a 3.0 GPA. ...
- Test Scores: Students with above-average SAT and ACT test scores are more likely to win private scholarships.
Scholarships that pay for qualified educational expenses at qualified educational institutions generally don't count as taxable income. Scholarship funds received in excess of your qualified educational expenses may be taxable and might need to be reported in your taxable income.How much money can I expect from scholarships? ›
Typically in the range of $50 to $500, they could cover a semester's worth of textbooks or lab fees. Many times, a smaller scholarship will have fewer requirements and be less competitive.What is the maximum seog grant? ›
How much money could I get? Students who are eligible for Federal SEOG grants can receive between $100 and $4,000 per year. The amount of money awarded depends on your financial need, but also can depend on when you apply, other financial aid, and the availability of aid at your college or university.
Your grades must meet the proper requirements, which usually means your GPA must be above a 2.0. If you have been in default on a student loan, you will not qualify for the FSEOG. You also may not owe any repayment on other grants.Is FAFSA grant money? ›
The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form you must fill out to determine your eligibility for all federal financial aid (and some state- or college-based aid.) That includes federal grants, federal student loans, some state grants, and even some college aid programs.Do I get cash from Pell Grant? ›
The school will issue you a Pell Grant refund if some of your grant dollars are unused. You may receive a check for the remaining amount, or the school may transfer it via direct deposit into your bank account or student account.How much does the average person get from Pell Grant? ›
In 2021-2022, the average Pell Grant amount was $4,130. In total, the government gave out about $25.4 billion in Pell Grants to 6.1 million students. President Biden intends to double the maximum Pell Grant amount by 2029.Do I keep my Pell Grant money? ›
The California Pell Grant is used for attending college. The Pell Grant is one of the most popular forms of financial aid for undergraduate students. It is free money that you do not have to pay back. However, students who leave school early may have to give the money back to the school.What is the best time to apply for scholarships? ›
Scholarships often have an opening date in the fall, especially if they're going to be awarded for the following school year of college. Most of the major deadlines during this season will fall between October and December 31st.What are 2 ways you can get a scholarship? ›
You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.What are the 5 easy steps to get a scholarship? ›
- Explore Options. Start by exploring the scholarships available to you. ...
- Contact Colleges Directly. Along with online searches and database searches, be sure to contact colleges directly. ...
- Apply Early. ...
- Continue Applying During College. ...
- Be realistic.
Minimum requirements range from around 2.0 on the lower end to 3.75 or higher for competitive academic scholarships. Generally speaking, a 3.0 GPA or higher will give you a decent shot at qualifying for a variety of scholarships.What percent of students don't get scholarships? ›
Report Highlights. Over 1.7 million scholarships are awarded annually. However, only 7% of college students will receive a scholarship.
One of the most common grade point average requirements is a 3.0 average. (Again, every scholarship provider is different and it's up to them to set their eligibility criteria, not us.) While some scholarships are based on a student's GPA, most scholarship aren't only about a student's GPA.What is the hardest type of scholarship to get? ›
- Rhodes Scholarship.
- Fullbright Scholarship.
- Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
- Princeton Scholarship.
- Mitchell Scholarship.
- Churchill Scholarship.
- Marshall Scholarship.
- Jardine Scholarship.
- Organize and prepare your materials. ...
- Pay attention to detail. ...
- Write an original essay each time. ...
- Know your audience. ...
- Emphasize what makes you unique. ...
- Show your personality and passions. ...
- Present yourself professionally. ...
- Proofread each submission.
What are the three most common types of scholarships? Common types of scholarships for college are merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, and athletic scholarships. However, within these categories are sub-categories of scholarships based on specific eligibility factors.Do I need to report scholarships on my taxes? ›
Generally, you report any portion of a scholarship, a fellowship grant, or other grant that you must include in gross income as follows: If filing Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, include the taxable portion in the total amount reported on Line 1a of your tax return.Do you have to report financial aid on taxes? ›
If you are a non-degree student, the full amount of any grant, scholarship or fellowship you receive is subject to federal income tax, even if it is spent on educational expenses.Do I have to claim my child's scholarship on my taxes? ›
Scholarships considered taxable income
That's because scholarship or fellowship money that represents compensation is generally taxable. The student would receive a W-2 from the school and would have to file a tax return.
The short answer is that you should apply to as many as you can, as early as you can. This means that you need to be looking early, and finding out when deadlines are. But remember, you don't want to make a career out of scholarship searching and application.How many scholarships does the average person apply for? ›
Scholarship Winner Application Averages
For those that want solid numbers, on average, many of the students I work with are applying for anywhere between 3-7+ scholarships, each, per week. Some weeks those numbers are much higher, and other weeks students are preparing or taking the week off to recharge mentally.
Scholarships for average students prove that financial aid isn't reserved only for valedictorians ranking at the top of their class with perfectly straight As. Ample funds have been created by companies and nonprofits to celebrate the worthy talents of learners who perhaps aren't book-smart, high academic achievers.
Federal Pell Grant
Award amounts are based on the student's level of financial need and enrollment status for each term. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2023-24 award year is $7,395. The maximum Pell Grant per term is $3,698 for Fall/$3697 for Spring.
Yes. There is a maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you can receive over your lifetime. You can receive the Pell Grant for no more than 12 terms or the equivalent (roughly six years). This is called the Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU).How do I get Max Pell Grant? ›
You can hit the lifetime limit in exactly six years if you attend school full time for fall and spring semesters each year for up to six years. You could also hit your Pell Grant lifetime limit sooner than that or in more than six years, depending on factors including your enrollment status.Who is eligible for the FSEOG grant? ›
You must maintain enrollment as an undergraduate student and must not have previously earned a bachelor's degree. Your eligibility for federal student aid, including the FSEOG, is determined by completing the FAFSA form on an annual basis.What is the lowest GPA for Pell Grant? ›
To qualify for a Pell Grant, you need to have a minimum GPA (2.0) and demonstrate exceptional financial need.Does GPA matter for grants? ›
The Commission urges schools to submit GPAs for all students who may qualify for Cal Grants. Colleges may submit high school GPAs, college GPAs, and reestablished GPAs for their students and applicants (only California Community Colleges may submit reestablished GPAs).How much does FAFSA usually grant? ›
But, the maximum amount can be in the low tens of thousands of dollars per year. Average amounts are about $9,000, with less than half of that in the form of grants. This table shows the maximum and average amounts for various types of federal student aid for undergraduate students for 2020-2021.What is the difference between financial aid and Pell Grant? ›
Understand Federal Pell Grants. Federal Pell Grants are another source of financial aid to help you pay for college. Unlike loans, the money you get from Federal Pell Grants doesn't need to be paid back. Pell Grants are usually reserved for undergraduate students.How much money does FAFSA give per semester? ›
Undergraduates can receive up to $16,000 toward their degree. This is $4,000 per year or $2,000 per semester. Graduate students can receive up to $8,000 to continue their education. For a two-year master's degree, this is $4,000 per year or $2,000 per semester.Can I buy a laptop with Pell Grant money? ›
Federal Pell Grants can also be used to purchase laptops (in a roundabout way). These grants are paid directly to your school to cover tuition and fees, but if there's money left over you may be issued a refund check. This can then be used to purchase educational supplies such as a laptop.
In that case, your school's financial aid office or bursar's office will refund the money to you in a separate disbursement. The office may send you a check, or the money might be deposited in your checking account. It's also possible to leave the money in your school account so it can be used in a future semester.Do you have to pay back Pell Grant if you fail? ›
Pell Grants also require satisfactory academic progress, and your school sets that standard. If you fail a class, then you may lose your grant or need to pay it back.Why am I not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant? ›
In many cases, if you have a bachelor's degree, you're ineligible for Pell Grant money. There are some exceptions, such as working on a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program. However, for the most part, you don't qualify for the federal Pell Grant if you already have a bachelor's degree.How much is Pell Grant 2023 2024? ›
The maximum Federal Pell Grant for 2023–24 (July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024) will be $7,395. The amount an individual student may receive depends on a number of factors.Does FAFSA give you money or the school? ›
Typically, the school first applies your grant or loan money toward your tuition, fees, and (if you live on campus) room and board. Any money left over is paid to you directly for other education expenses.How do I know if I was awarded a Pell Grant? ›
Check With Your Former School
A financial aid officer may be able to provide Pell Grant information from their records, she said. Likewise, contacting a financial aid officer is another way to confirm that a borrower did not receive a Pell Grant if nothing is listed for them at StudentAid.gov.
Most borrowers can log in to StudentAid.gov to see if they received a Pell Grant. We display information about the aid you received, including Pell Grants, on your account Dashboard and your My Aid page. Log in to your account.Does a Pell Grant go to your bank account? ›
How will I be paid? Your school can credit the Pell Grant funds to your school account to pay for tuition and fees, pay you directly (usually by electronic transfer to your bank account), or combine these methods. The school must tell you in writing how and when you'll be paid and how much your award will be.How rare is it to win a scholarship? ›
7% of students are likely to receive a scholarship. Only 1.5% of students will receive a full scholarship. $8.8 billion was awarded in need-based scholarships. White students have a 14.2% chance of getting a scholarship, while minority students have 11.2%.Is National Merit Scholarship hard? ›
Winning a National Merit Scholarship is a fairly difficult undertaking. Each year, the NMSC screens approximately 1.5 million qualifying entrants. Of those entrants, only about 16,000 students will be named Semifinalists based on their PSAT scores and other achievements.
Gaining recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist is a prestigious achievement to include on college applications, and many colleges and corporate sponsors offer special scholarships to these students, even if they don't become finalists.Which scholarships pay the most? ›
- Levine Scholars Program. ...
- Collegiate Inventors Competition. ...
- Dr. ...
- Ronald McDonald House Charities US Scholarship. ...
- Thiel Fellowship. ...
- Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. ...
- NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program.
What happens to leftover scholarship money. If you earned scholarships and grants that add up to more than your total cost of attendance, your school may send you a refund of the leftover scholarship money.Who receives the most scholarships? ›
As the latest scholarship statistics reflect, entering a four-year private nonprofit institution gives students the highest chance of being awarded a scholarship. At 62%, students from private for-profit institutions are the most likely to receive grants from the federal government (Hanson, 2021).What GPA do you need for National Merit Scholarship? ›
Maintain That GPA
National Merit Semi-Finalist and Finalist students take their academics seriously. You must maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA to qualify for the application process and maintain that GPA throughout your four years of high school.
To be competitive for National Merit Semifinalist status, students need to score about 1400 on the PSAT in less competitive states like Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota . . . or about 1470 on the PSAT in more competitive states like Connecticut or New Jersey.What SAT score do you need for National Merit Scholarship? ›
The Selection Index ranges from 48-228 and is equal to the sum of your test scores for Math, Reading, and Writing and Language. For the 2022 scholarship cycle, 207 represented the national qualifying score cutoff.What scholarships does nobody apply for? ›
- Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship. ...
- Tall Clubs International Scholarship. ...
- Doodle for Google Scholarship. ...
- ABPA Harrington-Arthur Scholarship Essay Competition. ...
- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship. ...
- Superpower Scholarship.
Some colleges, especially private schools, automatically consider each applicant for a merit-based scholarship, which is awarded during the acceptance process. These types of scholarships are often the easiest to obtain, since they do not require a separate application.How many National Merit $2,500 scholarships? ›
The 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners were chosen from a talent pool of some 16,000 Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The release is made available here to provide information about these awards.
Over 1.7 million scholarships are awarded annually. However, only 7% of college students will receive a scholarship. The U.S. Department of Education awards an estimated $46 billion in scholarship money annually.Can you ask for more merit scholarship money? ›
Answer: Yes, you can absolutely ask a college for more merit aid. In fact, many of your peers will do so. And since this type of aid is given on a first-come, first-served basis, you will want to submit your request as soon as possible.